Verheyden, Charles
Born in 1818, Charles Vereydhen was a Dutch-Belgian architect, carpenter, and contractor. 1 He emigrated to Victoria, British Columbia in the late 1850s and settled his professional practice on the corner of Fort Street and Douglas.2 He claimed to have long experience in Europe and the U.S.3 Throughout his time in Victoria, Vereydhen erected many buildings and worked with other architects and clients to establish the erection of Brick or Frame Buildings of any kind or style [sic].4 Most notably, Vereydhen was the supervising architect on the creation of the first wing and central entrance of St. Ann's convent, a religious congregation consecrated for the teaching of the young.5 Vereydhen also re-built the Driard House Hotel, a colonial hotel described as one of the swell places of that day.6 Amongst his other projects, he built a public theatre,7 several private residences, the Hotel De France, and the Metropolitan Hotel.8 In a despatch from 18 March 1869, Governor Seymour asked Earl Granville to obtain from a person named Verheyden…his consent to the Marriage of his daughter Pauline to Gustave Bruart.9 In a follow-up letter, Vereydhen noted that he had no knowledge of this engagement, and promised to write to [his] daughter by the next mail.10 Currently, there is no record of his reply to the minister's request. On 10 January 1872, Vereydhen passed away at the French Hospital of unknown causes.11
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